Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Wednesday Evenings:
Lenten Taízé Prayer

Lenten Taízé Prayer:
Wednesday Evenings

March 20 | March 27 | April 3 | April 10
7:30 PM in the Church

Join us each week this Lent for an evening of prayer, silent reflection, scripture, ritual, and simple meditative chants. Come share in this beautiful expression of our desire for peace and oneness for our world.

Lent Peace Friendship

Lenten Evenings of
Peace and Friendship

What did God give up for LENT? …Himself. ​WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR LENT?

Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection and conversation, to see ourselves, one another, and our world through the eyes of our merciful God.

Join us Tuesdays:
March 5
March 19
March 26
April 2
7:30 PM in the Chapel

Come as often as you wish. There’s no commitment and nothing to join. We hope you’ll consider making a Lenten journey with us.

Please RSVP below. You can sign up all at once by clicking all or some of dates you will attend, or you can sign up each week one date at a time as you know your schedule:

I will attend on (check all that apply):

Tuesday, March 5

Tuesday, March 19

Tuesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 2

2019 – Tuesdays
Lenten Gatherings (Chapel):
Mar. 05

Mar. 19
Mar. 26
Apr. 02

Parish Center:
May 14

Jun. 11



Women’s and Men’s

Did you ever wish you could stop the world for a day, catch your breath and have a chance to reflect on what’s really important in your life? Cornerstone will provide just that … the opportunity to strengthen your faith, come closer to Christ, and grow in a Christian community.

Fellow parishioners have been meeting over the past 9 months to bring this important ministry to our parish. The Cornerstone weekend is a 27 hour experience that will begin on a Friday evening at 6:30 and will end on Saturday evening at 9:00. All you need to bring is an open mind and a willing heart.

Register below using the corresponding registration buttons, or print the brochure linked below:

Women’s Cornerstone Weekend:
March 22 and 23

Questions? Contact:
Marianne Escheveria Maloney:
Diana Caporino:

Men’s Cornerstone Weekend:
April 5 and 6

Questions? Contact:
Austin Keenan:

Cornerstone 2019 Brochure (pdf)


Attn. Cornerstone Alumni:
Help Sign-Up | Prayer Vigil

Cornerstone Prayer Vigils:

As you know, the Cornerstone weekends are fast approaching. As the teams are preparing in these final weeks, we ask for your prayers. We invite you to pray for the team members and candidates during the weekends in the chapel, in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. If you are able, we ask for one hour of your time. The Blessed Sacrament will be in repose beginning at 5:30 on the Friday evening until 4:30 on Saturday afternoon.

The Women’s weekend will be held on March 22-23:
Click here to sign up.

The Men’s weekend will be held on April 5-6:
Click here to sign up.

Thank you for your prayers, whether at home or in the chapel, and we hope to see you at the closing masses which will begin at 7:30 on the Saturday evenings.


Seder Supper
at St. Peter’s

You are cordially invited to St. Peter’s Seder Supper from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Seder is a Jewish ritual meal that remembers and celebrates the story of the Exodus… how God rescued his people from captivity in Egypt and led them into the Promised Land.

We’d love for you to come share in this rich and storied meal with us as we remember and tell the story of God’s faithfulness once again. After the Seder Ritual, we will share a hearty meal! So, bring your family, invite a friend — all are welcome!

Sign up by calling Donna Grotheer at 201-261-3366 ext. 209. Tell us how many are coming and if you would like to help with preparations and/or ritual. Or, use the link below to reserve your spot.


St. Peter’s
Quilters Ministry

St. Peter’s Quilters Ministry will begin meeting again on Tuesday, March 26th from 1:00 – 3:00pm in the Parish Center. All are welcome to join. You don’t have to know how to make a quilt to participate. There is a task for everyone. We meet every Tuesday through May 21st, except for Holy Week. If you have any questions please contact Pat Weiscarger at 201-967-1509 or Kathy Tubridy at 201-265-3080.


Healing of Hearts Lenten
Retreat at St. Peter’s

Bridge Makers

Bridge Makers for
LGTBQ Catholics

Bridge Makers is a faith sharing group for LGBTQ Catholics and their families. All are welcome for faith sharing, prayer, conversation, and support.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center.

For more information, please contact Deacon Paul at or by leaving a message at the Rectory (201-261-3366).


St. Peter’s Seniors
Upcoming Events

Sunday, April 14 after the 11:00 AM Mass: One of our parishioners Dick Berry will speak to our group. Dick’s career has been 50 years with the fire department, he was the Emergency Management Director for River Edge and he was with the FBI for 32 years!! I am sure he has lots of interesting stories for us as well as suggestions on how to keep ourselves safe.

Thursday, May 23: Stony Hill Inn luncheon/dance with the Jersey Dreamers “Come Fly with Me”. $50.00 contact Dot Vanderbeck (201-261-0281)



St. Peter’s Singles Group
2019 Trip Information

Join St. Peter’s Singles Support Group in 2019 for their trips to:

Fall Trip to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
September 9-13, 2019

JESUS at the Millennium Theatre,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Holiday trip to Biltmore Estate and Ashevlle, NC
December 1-6, 2019

Please check their website for all details. Contact Kathy Marshall 973-246-6148 or at teacherkmm for any questions and to make reservations.

Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

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Cardinal Tobin: Transparency & Healing

Archdiocese of Newark: Commitment to Transparency and Healing

“The release of names of clergy with a credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of a minor is part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent to help bring healing to the victims and to help restore trust in the leadership of Catholic Church. Additionally, the disclosure of the names is part of our ongoing commitment to protect our children and to ensure safe environments for minors.

The list is the result of an extensive review of the Archdiocese’s records by an Archdiocesan review team and outside legal counsel to identify allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Archdiocese dating back to 1940. The disclosure of this list of names is not an endpoint in our process – it is a beginning.

We express genuine sorrow and regret to the victims who put their trust in a member of the Church only to have that trust so profoundly betrayed.

We must protect our children, first, foremost, and always.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., February 13, 2019

Email Scam Alert


Please be aware of an email scam that currently is being perpetrated against parishioners in the Archdiocese of Newark. Several parishioners have already been contacted.

The scam involves parishioners receiving an email supposedly from a parish pastor or priest asking for a favor. The email instructs the recipient to reply to the email, and once the parishioner responds, a follow-up email asks them to purchase gift cards or other similar items of monetary value.

Please advise all in your parish or school that if such an email comes in, the recipient should not reply to the email or provide any information. Instead, parishioners should alert their pastor, parish administrator or school administrator and law enforcement.


Text Message Scam Alert

We’ve received a report that a bogus text message which appears to be from Fr. Mike was received by a parishioner. We urge you to be cautious if you receive a text message from Fr. Mike or anyone claiming to be from St. Peter’s. Please delete the message. Do not click on any links or respond to the text message.

Outside St. Peter’s

Police Reserves Needs Volunteers

Volunteers Needed to Join the River Edge Police Reserves

Make a difference; give us your time and talent!

The River Edge Police Department is currently seeking volunteers to join their dedicated team of Police Reserve officers.  The Police Reserves are civilian volunteers trained to support and contribute to the overall safety and protection of the community.  The Reserve force provides the department with extra manpower on a regular basis that can be deployed quickly for critical incidents and other emergency situations that require more officers than would otherwise be available.

Applications to become an Officer in the River Edge Police Reserves are accepted year round and can be picked up in person at the River Edge Police Department Headquarters.

Knights of Columbus Membership

The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email:, or on our website: for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Request for Hospice Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit patients during the daytime hours during the week and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-523-9745 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt-A-Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.

SPA Plant Sale

Get started early on those beautiful landscapes! Orders will be ready in time for Mother’s Day. Forms are available in the church, at the rectory, at the school main office or online at

Orders will be ready for pick up on Tuesday May 7, 2019 in the upper St Peter parking lot starting at 11AM. There will be a small inventory of plants available for purchase the day of the sale. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR GREAT SCHOOL!

Kindly contact Toni Anne Lisante with any questions.


The Seniors of St. Peter's

For Ages 55+
2nd Sunday of the Month
After the 11:00 AM Mass
In the Parish Center

St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's MoMS Group

MoMS Group
(Ministry of Mothers Sharing)

Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

Parents Support Group

Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child
Third Monday of each month
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee

Project Linus

Crocheters and knitters meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 January through early June in the Casazza Center which is in the basement of the rectory. We make afghans, which are donated through the local chapter of Project Linus to sick and needy babies. All who are interested are welcome.

Any question, email:

St. Peter's Quilters

The quilters meet weekly in the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Fall and Spring (announced in the bulletin). All are welcome. We will find a job for everyone and will teach you our skills. The finished quilts are donated to the homeless teens at Covenant House in Newark. For more info call Pat Weiscarger 201-967-1509 or Kathy Tubridy 201-265-3080.